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Pink Prose: Literary Views of Bermuda
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Pink Prose: Literary Views of Bermuda

How the Island became fertile ground for the world's most imaginative, inventive writers. "Good prose," George Orwell once wrote, "is like a- windowpane." Who can forget the impact of Orwell's Burmese Days with its chronicle of the steamy torpor of colonial life on the remotest frontier of Empire? Or the grimy reality of street poverty in Down and Out in Paris and London? Who would ever want to work in a Welsh coal mine after reading Orwell's Down the Mine,…


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Whatever Happened to Terry Tucker?

The presiding spirit or, in the eyes of some, the dragon lady- of old-style history in Bermuda. Between the 1950s and the 1970s, entering the cool gloom of the Par-La-Ville Library's ground floor from the bright humidity of Hamilton, you…


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LISTEN: World War II Story: Under Cover in France, 1943 – 1944

(Editorial Note: When John Hartley Watlington came home in 1944, it seemed as if he had returned from the dead, for he had been completely lost to his family for just under a year. He was extremely reserved concerning his…


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Bermuda During the Second World War

In September 1939, Dr. William (Bill) Cooke was just 11½ years old, living in a BELCO owned house on Cemetery Road. Years later he would write in his memoir that he saw “several policemen ride up to the BELCO Front…


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LISTEN: Cassie White World War I Memoir

On July 14th the Chief Nurse of Base Hospital 31 notified me that I was to go on detailed service. I had a half hour to get ready for the Ambulance that was to take 8 of us nurses, including…

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Short Story: George and the Haunted House

It's 1932 and a young seaman, posted with the Royal Navy in Dockyard, gets a night out in Hamilton with his mates. What could go wrong? This article was first published in the August 1932 issue of The Bermudian. It…